Hobart & Surrounds
Hobart, Tasmania’s capital city, offers a blend of heritage and lifestyle with world class activities and attractions nearby.
In Hobart, explore the converted colonial warehouses of Salamanca and on Saturdays there’s Salamanca Market, Tasmania’s most visited attraction.
South of Hobart are the clear waters and stunning coastline of Bruny Island and the beauty of the D’Entrecasteaux Channel. An alternative route passes through the Huon Valley alongside the tranquil Huon River and on to the rugged Hartz Mountains National Park.
To the east are the wineries of the Coal River Valley and further on is Tasman National Park, with its spectacular coastline and historic convict sites.
Heading west, the road follows the beautiful River Derwent through the Derwent Valley and on to the grandeur of Lake St Clair in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.
And if you’re travelling north to Launceston, the Midland Highway, dubbed the Heritage Highway, offers many opportunities to learn of Tasmania’s heritage past, with homesteads and country cottages revealing the state’s early colonial history along the way.
Hobart International Airport is serviced by four national carriers, Qantas, Virgin Australia, Jetstar and TigerAir, who all fly daily to Hobart from Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Adelaide.
Access from the airport to Hobart city is only 20 minutes.
Many hotels will recommend and offer an Airport Shuttle service however the Red Line service is available to pre-book from the airport to your chosen accommodation. These bookings can be made at www.tasredline.com.au. There are also taxi and bus services that run regularly from the airport to the city centre.
The Spirit of Tasmania operates twin passenger/vehicle ferries daily from Port Melbourne to Devonport in Tasmania’s north-west. The comfort and familiarity of your own vehicle is a great way to explore the pleasures of southern Tasmania and it takes around three and half hours to drive straight to Hobart from Devonport.
Travelling from Elsewhere in Tasmania
Southern Tasmania can be accessed by a number of key roads. From the west coast, the Lyell Highway (A10) passes Lake St Clair and goes through Derwent Bridge. Once you are in Derwent Bridge, technically that’s southern Tasmania. From northern Tasmania, (Launceston, etc.) your journey south on the Midlands Highway, or Heritage Highway, becomes a southern experience at Oatlands. This is National Highway 1. From the east, the drive from Orford to Sorell on the Tasman Highway (A3) plunges into the south just past tiny Buckland.
There are other ways to make your way south, such as around the Great Lake in the Central Highlands and on many of the dirt roads that reveal some of Tasmania’s most unique experiences. Not all hire-cars are covered by insurance on dirt roads so it is vital to check this detail with your hire-car company.
If you feel like living it up, you can also fly from elsewhere in Tasmania to many places in the south. Par Avion operates from Cambridge Airport and is available for charter, Tasmanian Air Adventures operate a sea-plane out of Hobart’s waterfront and can land in many of Tasmania’s beautiful waterways and RotorLift Helicopter are based at Hobart Airport and offer charter flights.
Passports and Visas
On 23 March 2013, the department implemented changes to the types of visas available to persons wishing to travel to Australia to attend, participate at, or compete in events being held in Australia.
Under Australia’s universal visa system, all visitors to Australia must have a valid visa to travel to and enter Australia (other than New Zealand passport holders who will normally be granted a Special Category visa on arrival, provided they meet health and character requirements; and permanent residents of Norfolk Island who may be granted a Permanent Resident of Norfolk Island visa on arrival). For more information, see the fact sheet:
There are many visa options available to people wishing to visit Australia. The appropriate visa option will depend, amongst other things, on the person’s purpose for visiting Australia. You may wish to use the Visa Finder to help determine which visa you require.
Click here for the new visa fact sheet, effective from 1 July 2013. This fact sheet includes information about the visa options available for those who are travelling to Australia as business visitors, including the new arrangements in place for online applications for the Visitor (Subclass 600) visa and the Temporary Work (Short Stay Activity) visa (subclass 400). For the purposes of attending this event, you may wish to consider applying for one of these visas, based on your role at the event.
Please note that only certain passport holders are eligible to apply for these visas online.
If your sole reason for coming to Australia is to attend this Meeting, please apply for the
eVisitor (subclass 651) business stream visa, at http://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/Trav/Visa-1/651-
For any other circumstances, please view the below VISAS:
ETA (Subclass 601) visa http://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/Trav/Visa-1/601-
Visitor (Subclass 600) business stream visa http://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/Trav/Visa-1/600-
Temporary Work (Short Stay Activity) visa (subclass 400) www.border.gov.au/Trav/Visa-1/400-
Attendees, speakers and exhibitors that will be working, performing or otherwise be paid to contribute at the event may be eligible for the following visa options:
Temporary Activity (subclass 408) (Invited Participant) visa – http://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/Trav/Visa-1/408- and http://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/Trav/Visa-1/408-?modal=/Visas/supporting/Pages/408/Invited-participant-in-an-event.aspx
Please note that a letter of support from an Australian organisation is a legislative requirement for the Temporary Activity (subclass 408) (Invited Participant) visa.
Temporary Work (subclass 400) (Short Stay Specialist) visa. For more information see: http://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/Trav/Visa-1/400-
We recommend that applicants applying for a paper-based visa lodge their application at least 6-8 weeks before their intended travel date to Australia. All travellers to Australia must have a valid visa before boarding their plane. Travelers to Australia cannot apply for a visa on arrival.
Getting Around Hobart
Public transport facilities in Hobart are easily accessible with frequent bus services. Taxis abound and are reasonably priced. A free busy bee service operates throughout the city. For further information on bus timetables visit the Metro Tasmania on www.metrotas.com.au.